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Secondary School Application 2020-21

Secondary School Application 2020-21

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Prevent  Digest - Schools Newsletter Summer 2019

Prevent Digest - Schools Newsletter Summer 2019

  The Prevent Strategy makes clear the important role that schools have to play in safeguarding people before they may become terrorists or support terrorism.
Phonics Screening Check - A Guide for Parents

Phonics Screening Check - A Guide for Parents

What is Phonics? Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught how to recognise the sounds each individual letter makes and to identify the sounds that different combination of letters make such as ‘sh’ and ‘oo’. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate phonemes (sounds). They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.
NewsLetter 15th March 2019

NewsLetter 15th March 2019

Friday 15th March 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, We are half way through the second half of the Spring term.  The school year is passing by quickly.  We are now in the liturgical season of Lent. We are asked to do three things during Lent.  Firstly, to pray, secondly, to fast and thirdly, to give alms.  For the children we are asking them to show acts of kindness, to be extra respectful and to really consider their actions when playing with others.  When discussing this with your children I would like you to remind them of our Golden Rules. Juniors Infants ·         Follow in God’s footsteps and be a positive role model ·         Have respect for other people and their property ·         Walk quietly and sensibly up and down the stairs ·         Honesty, manners and truthfulness are priceless gifts that we can share with everybody ·         Keep your arms, feet and nasty words to yourself ·         We are gentle: We do not  hurt others ·         We are kind and helpful: We do not hurt anybody’s feelings ·         We listen: We don’t interrupt ·         We are honest: We don’t cover up the truth ·         We work hard: We don’t waste our own or others’ time ·         We look after property: We don’t waste or damage things So that we maintain our high standards of behaviour for learning, our fundamental and non-negotiable classroom expectations are: To be able to teach without interruption To have ‘quiet’ when explaining things To stay in their places if told to To put their hand up and ask politely To look and listen when the teacher is talking To use quiet working voices in the classroom Please recap these rules and expectations with your children so they can see we are working together. CAFOD  The children had a CAFOD assembly where they learnt all about the issues facing Bangladeshi fishermen who no longer can feed their families because there are no fish and there is no money. On Friday 15th March there is a non-uniform day to support CAFOD. This is also the family fast day of Lent. We are asking the children to bring in a donation - £1 would be fabulous. Likewise, on Tuesday 19th March it is St Joseph’s Day – our patron saint. The children can wear non uniform on this day and we will be celebrating the great saint in all sorts…
Newsletter - 8th February 2019

Newsletter - 8th February 2019

8th February 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, We are already in the penultimate week of the first Spring half term.  Time has flown by and we are almost at half term! Building works Over the next few months there will be significant building works taking place on site that will impact the whole school. This is the continuation of the windows project and essential work that needs to be completed regarding the external maintenance of our school building.  The age of our school is beginning to tell! School Dinners Our school dinner company ‘Caterlink’ are producing some lovely meals for our children.  We are very lucky in Southwark in that every child receives a free school meal in primary school.  ‘Caterlink’ adhere to government guidelines regarding sugar intake and only cook with food that has been approved to the Soil Association Food for Life Silver Award standard.  Please ask Mrs Gallagher, Mr Reilly or Ms Kirrane for any further information. TeCola Project Over the last couple of years Mr Balseiro has been working very hard to establish Spanish as our chosen Modern Foreign Language.  This academic year he is engaging with a project that is directly linked to Queen Mary University.  This project allows children from all over the world to communicate in real time with other children – in Spanish!  We have some amazing children who are excellent at Spanish, even though it is not their first or second language, taking part in this project.   This is very exciting for us! Sporting activities  The school has again achieved well in sports this half-term. Yr 6 boys and girls have both qualified for the finals of the Bacon’s Cup whilst the girls are also through to a final where they are representing Dulwich Hamlet F.C. at Sutton Utd. Football Club. In athletics both Yr 6 and Yr 5 have qualified for the indoor finals to be held at Crystal Palace next week. Yr.2 competed in an indoor athletics competition against other Southwark Schools where they finished a close second. Clubs and enrichment A range of clubs are offered throughout the school; at present cooking, multi-sports, art, sewing, drumming, violin, football, drama, art, Taekwando and gymnastics are taking place. We have had some very good feedback about our clubs so make sure you register in good time for them. School trips  All year groups are very busy supporting learning with their…
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Collective Worship Introduction

Prayers are held each morning in the classrooms to enable each child to ‘reflect’ on their Christian and morale beliefs. 

Whole school assemblies are held each Monday morning beginning with a Collective Act of Worship, we also recognise and congratulate children’s success in their weekly work and activities, and identify individual talents during our Good Work assembly on Fridays.  This is usually led by the Head of School.

Whole school Mass is celebrated at the start of each school term at our local parish The Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church

A whole school assembly or Liturgy is celebrated on Thursdays at KS1 and Fridays at KS2 by individual classes on a rotational basis in the hall.  Class Masses are held on Wednesday mornings for KS2 also on a rotational basis in the hall. The theme of the assembly or mass reflects on work that each class have been taught during that term. The assembly will contain a Collective Act of Worship that fulfils our

Aims for Collective Acts of Worship such as to:-

  • Contemplate something of the mystery of God
  • Reflect on spiritual and moral issues
  • Explore their own beliefs.
  • Respond to and celebrate life
  • Experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit
  • Develop a common ethos and shared values
  • Enrich religious experience
  • Grow in liturgical understanding and development.
  • Reinforce prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
  • Reinforce positive attitudes.
  • To participate fully.
  • To take time out'to wonder at', 'to come to terms with' and 'to give worth to.'

We believe that Collective Worship in our school aims to provide opportunity for all pupils and staff to experience the above

On days when assemblies are not conducted, prayer and worship is carried at the beginning of the day, before lunch and at the end of the day in every class.

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